The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #39 – Veronica Falls

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Veronica Falls

WHAT: Waiting For Something To Happen

WHEN: February 2013

WHERE: Slumberland

WHY: I simply adored their self-titled LP, and was impatiently awaiting the follow-up. It took a couple years, but with Waiting For Something To Happen, Veronica Falls did quite well staving off the notorious sophomore slump, showing instead growth and added depth to their already mighty fine sound. Still dynamic, their songs are a bit lighter (just a touch) and a bit more mature, but no less appealing. Mind you, listening to this record still makes me imagine a gray, misty day along the English coast, but perhaps now a ray or two of sunshine peeks through the gloom. Extra love to the Lush-meets-Belle & Sebastian-meets-New Order wonderfulness of “If You Still Want Me,” my favorite song on the record.

MY JAMS: “Broken Toy” “If You Still Want Me” “My Heart Beats” “Daniel” “Last Conversation”

[posted 2.25.14]


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